Beginners Half Marathon Training

Beginners Half Marathon Training

Half Marathon training is just as hard as training for any road race.  I remember when I first started running, 3 miles was considered far for me, not to mention a attempting a half marathon or even a full marathon.   As a beginner in half marathon training, the key is to build up your mileage slowly.  Once you are comfortable with one distance, slowly challenge yourself to run a little more next week and to never settle for just one distance or one speed.

Below is a 10 week half marathon training program for beginners.  If you cannot run on certain days you can make it up the following day or week.  You just have to worry about your total mileage of the week.  You should always increase your mileage about 1-2 miles a week ( run 10-15 minutes longer than last week).   About half way thru the weeks you’ll notice a peak and then slowly tapering off of the mileage til your race day.   This will help reduce the chances of injuries before your big race.

Before starting the beginner half marathon training program you should be running for a month at about 10 miles a week comfortably.  If this is not the case, then try to build up your base mileage as much as you can before the race.   This is not the most ideal case to run a half but I understand you do have a personal life, not everything revolves around running…. ok I’m getting a little off topic, but anyways, below is a schedule that you can follow to train for your half marathon.

For the Beginner Half Marathon Training Program (in kms) click here

beginner half marathon training program

beginner half marathon training program

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